PRESS RELEASE

Geneva, 2017

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2016 was a year of amazing growth at Koenigsegg Automotive AB, with significant expansion across the organisation:

Model Range

While the Regera was first shown in 2015, 2016 was the year during which the car took its final shape. We began 2016 by showing the production-spec Regera at the Geneva Motor Show, a car that incorporated a multitude of changes, refinements and improvements compared to our concept vehicle from the year before.

2016 also saw Koenigsegg commence building the first customer Regeras at the company’s production facility in Ängelholm. For the first time in history, Koenigsegg has two completely distinct models being built in parallel – a significant achievement for a bespoke, craft-based automotive company.

These first Customer Regeras debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

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Sales

2016 saw record sales for Koenigsegg.

The Agera RS build allocation of 25 vehicles was announced as sold out in January 2016. An additional small series – the Agera Final – was sold out prior to its debut at Geneva in 2016.

The Regera build allocation of 80 vehicles – our largest build program ever – is almost fully subscribed, with only a handful of build slots remaining.

Staff

Koenigsegg Automotive AB had just over 70 staff as at 1 July 2015. Eighteen months later, that number had almost doubled, with 135 on the payroll in January 2017.

The additions are spread throughout the company, from one part-time designer working directly with Christian, to a team of four, for example. In production, people have been added in interior fabrication, electronics, and chassis assembly/preparation.

The Koenigsegg engineering group, especially electrical engineering, software development and vehicle homologation, has increased markedly as cars become more and more sophisticated. Our Service and Aftersales area has also been boosted by new service personnel, along with additional aftersales management and support personnel.

Getting the best talent to join us in Ängelholm continues to be a priority. The expansion in staff has been necessary, primarily due to the immediate expansion in the Koenigsegg vehicle range, but also in preparation for a successor to the Agera, which will eventually be built alongside the Regera.

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Factory

There were a number of significant changes at the Koenigsegg facility in Ängelholm, in 2016:

Koenigsegg’s service department moved out of the factory, taking residence in a larger space close to the main factory building (below). The PDI team has also migrated to this new building to do final setup work on customer vehicles prior to delivery. The showroom area inside the factory has been renovated and re-purposed into a large prototype workshop.

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The entire production line is now going through an optimisation process to allow for faster vehicle construction, resulting in increased output. The goal is to build 20-25 cars per year when this process is complete, doubling the typical annual production rate. Various walkways and work areas have been either built or re-built to provide for better movement through the factory.

The Koenigsegg office area, which houses administration, sales/marketing support and engineering, has recently doubled in size following the lease of a second floor in the administration building. The additional space provides new offices for engineering and electrical staff, as well as sister company, Freevalve.

2016 has been a very exciting year for Koenigsegg. It has been a year of record sales, innovation, investment and expansion, all of which will set the company up for continued development and growth in years to come.

CEO and Founder, Christian von Koenigsegg:

“We stand now at the dawn of a new era for our company. Recent investments in our factory, and most importantly, in our people, see the company and the wider Koenigsegg family growing like never before. Everything is bigger at Koenigsegg than it was a year ago today. We have seen record sales, record growth in our workforce and facilities, and for the first time ever, we now have two vehicles being built in parallel on our production line. The future has never looked brighter.”

7 comments

  1. Comment by Nimalan S. Rajagopalan

    Nimalan S. Rajagopalan March 3, 2017 at 11:15

    Hey Mr. Wade!

    Glad to see the extent to which the company has grown! You guys at Koenigsegg never cease to amaze me and looking at your growth figures, you guys are pretty much on the road to recognition as one of the fastest-growing car makers of the year! 🙂

    Hope you guys conquer new horizons and gain proper world recognition soon! And looking at your currently growing employee base, I hope that I may join some day too! 😀

    Kepp up the good work,
    Nimalan S. R.

  2. Comment by Kate Ross

    Kate Ross March 5, 2017 at 07:15

    A month or so ago, I discovered Koenigsegg as a boutique manufacturer and was promptly astounded by your company. Considering your limitations in resources and manpower, it truly is amazing how you have grown so rapidly, especially from 2015 until now. I’m sure that a lot of your success can be attributed to the high quality of your cars pleasing your customers, who would then spread your name by word of mouth. The multiple world firsts don’t hurt either! (Speaking of records, all the best for your hit at the Nürburgring Nordschleife record attempt!)

    Your dedication and resilience in the face of adversity will never cease to amaze me. (Your blog is also very interesting!) Please continue to embody the pinnacle of Swedish engineering and hypercar creation! Perhaps when I grow up, I may proudly be able to claim the title of one of Koenigsegg’s employees, although that may be still a decade or two away.

    Wishing you all the best,
    KR

  3. Comment by Fluffy hunter

    Fluffy hunter March 5, 2017 at 21:14

    Koenigsegg you’re awesome

  4. Comment by Marc

    Marc March 12, 2017 at 00:47

    It is good to see someone giving the Tier 1, 2 &3 auto vendors a challenge to compete with, not that they are likely to respond, the auto industry is the last to really innovate, except maybe the Motorcycle industry, who are even worse, when I recently noticed a Honda VTR-1000 alongside Honda’s latest superbike parked next to one another, apart from 15 years between them the only difference I could identify was some software that limited the power of the more powerfull engine in its traction control. That’s some real progress, everything else was near identical even the curves on bikes as different as a v-twin and inline 4.

    I Have some good ideas for a modern motorcycle and engine taking some inspiration from the Regera and plenty of my own, using mostly Australian innovations, Turbulent Jet Ignition, variable phased Bishop rotary valve, dual cranks like the bmr that won the supermono championship in ’98, the large crank offset shows some useful behaviour that can be exploited with TJI that simulation reveals. The University of WA has the best powertrain research into large crank/gudgen offsets to optimise this arrangement. With a single cylinder engine and mild hybrid performing torque fill and damping should provide maximum traction, reduced friction loses and increased thermodynamic efficiency add a turbo to push the lean limit beyond a lambda of 2.3, add some LPG as the world in entering oversupply of lpg and it is a great fuel for direct injection and carbon fibre pressure vessels are now cheapish to hold the fuel.

    I’d like to build a bike industry from our Australian Auto industry which is in full wind down now, it was the most efficient in the world with the least subsidies. Oh Well.

    Combined with Motocycle Steering and Suspension system that handles and corners better than others should investigate the MotoInno TS3 developed here in Oz. Corners one second faster from telemetry.

    Would be good to see what is next from Koenigsegg maybe show up the others with superior thermodynamic performances, you should push your efficiency claims.

  5. Comment by Victor

    Victor March 13, 2017 at 02:05

    Hi Mr Wade
    I have watched many Koenigsegg factory tour videos from Drive, and I can see Koenigsegg are really experienced with composite materials and the care, passion gone into building them.
    I am also aware that Koenigsegg are dedicated to manufacturing as many parts as possible in house, does that include the carbon tub (chassis) as well? I read from an online forum where people saying the chassis are imported from England or Australia(can’t remember which) made by a company called Advanced Composites Group who also supplies carbon chassis for F1 teams, is this true?
    Your sincerely

    • Comment by Steven Wade

      Steven Wade March 14, 2017 at 12:43

      Untrue. We make our tub chassis in-house here in Ängelholm. We also get some larger carbon parts from a separate composite production facility, which we own.

  6. Comment by KimCJorgensen

    KimCJorgensen March 15, 2017 at 05:21

    I can’t believe what you guys have accomplished with the Freevalve and the KDD converter. I’m completely gob-smacked.
    My question is could the KDD be adapted to less exotic cars, business sedans etc., with any advantage or do you need massive amounts of power and/or a hybrid power-train to make it work?
    If you could, there would be a massive business opportunity in selling the technology to other makers.

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